Practicing Tips for Students

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By Julia Kossuth As we’ve begun the spring semester and gotten back into the swing of music lessons post-break, I’ve noticed a few practicing habits–or lack thereof–that I want to address with my students. Here are a few of the tips I walk them through during their lesson or have as a handout for them…. Read more »

Is it Talent or Hard Work?

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When a new student starts with me, and they display a bit of natural ability, I get excited. I think, this is going to be fun. It will be really easy to teach them. And sometimes that is true. But sometimes I get a student who is naturally talented and lazy. And they never seem… Read more »

September Studio of the Month – Jim Beaver’s School of Music

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SH: Tell us about your studio. Jim Beaver’s School of Music, located in beautiful Hendersonville, NC offers private and group classes for: Classic/Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Voice, Percussion and Drum Set, Ukulele, Dulcimer, Flute, Recorder, and strings instrument repair and maintenance. www.jimbeavermusic.com SH: What is your experience, and the style you teach? Our studio… Read more »

Igniting the Spark

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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward As summer draws to a close, I reflect on my studio goals for the coming year. September always provides an opportunity to begin anew! This year, I will strive to empower students to be accountable… Read more »

I Have G.A.S.

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By Saleh Sabat My name is Saleh. I’m an Electric guitar player, and I have G.A.S. I’ve had it since I was 13 years old, and it seems to be getting worse as I age. Ok ok, now that the giggling is over, let’s talk about what G.A.S. stands for. G.A.S. is an acronym for… Read more »

Practice, practice, practice!

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By Meridith Johnson Practicing.  This topic seems to be highly debated over the years under the umbrella of music education.  With so many different opinions and approaches, what is the best policy or view of practicing? How much should we as teachers require our students to practice?  Or what about students who put too much… Read more »

Summer in the Studio

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by Meridith Johnson Though the temperatures here in Dallas, Texas have screamed summer! for several weeks now, it’s hard to believe that it still is not officially summer yet!  Some of our students have been on summer break now for a couple weeks, while the remainder of public schools wrapped up yesterday.  Our official summer… Read more »